Park Club's Community 'Health' team have recently launched a new initiative called 'Active Body & Mind', providing an opportunity for adults experiencing mental health difficulties to use physical activity as a tool to improve overall wellbeing.
Active Body & Mind is a 12 week physical activity referral programme, designed to support adults with mild to moderate depression, stress, anxiety or low mood to benefit from a more active lifestyle.
Sue Shellard was referred onto the project by Oxfordshire Mind and has done so well. She has gone from being completely inactive to attending twice a week and continuing to be active at our site once the project has come to an end.
As an anxiety sufferer, which had made me lose all of my confidence, I found it easier to remain indoors and not exercise or eat healthily. Through Oxfordshire Mind I found out about the Park Club . I really felt that the only thing that I could do was possibly swimming but I was worried about going into a gym as I am overweight. I was also concerned about going into the club as I thought it would be young fit people, also worried that I may not be able to get into the swimming pool as I am not very mobile.
I met up with Richard who showed me around the Park Club and explained to me how I could use the pool whenever I felt I could and that he would support me in any way he could. There is easy access into the pool and the changing rooms are lovely. I now feel very confident about using the pool and feel in a much better frame of mind in general as I am trying to do something to help myself in a positive way and it has given me the confidence to carry on .This has given me a real lifeline and I am very grateful for this chance I’ve had to change my life .
For more information about the project or to enquire about getting started, contact us at